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Research Spotlight: Tier 2 CMS Research with Prof. Vicki Greene

Apr. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt is a Tier 2 center of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator operated by CERN on the border between France and Switzerland. Being a Tier 2 center means that we receive data for analysis, production and storage from Fermilab, a Tier 1 center in Chicago, which in turn gets...

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4/25/2018: Julia Programming Language with Nick Eubank

Apr. 18, 2018—Join us for our next Pizza and Programming seminar on the Julia programming language! The seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 25 between 12:15 – 1:15PM in Featheringill Hall, Room 134. Nick Eubank, a post doc from Political Science, will be presenting. Nick’s abstract is shown below. You can register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-and-programming-julia-tickets-45263869452 Please remember...

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[Resolved] Full ACCRE cluster downtime on Friday, April 20 at 6pm, continuing through weekend

Apr. 6, 2018—Update, 4/22/2018: We’re happy to report that the cluster is now back online and available for general use. The filesystem check and repair went very smoothly. Only one additional, noncritical file (making a total of three) was identified by the scan as being corrupt, and the subsequent repair corrected all three of these files. We still...

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[Resolved] SLURM Socket Timeout Errors

Mar. 26, 2018—Updated 4/3, 2:44pm: We will continue to monitor SLURM responsiveness closely, but for now it is very good. Please submit a ticket if you encounter any further problems. Thanks!   Updated 3/28, 1:35pm: We are continuing to work on SLURM responsiveness, though it has improved since Sunday. We are in communication with the makers of...

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Staff Spotlight: Will French

Mar. 19, 2018—Will’s background is in molecular modeling and computational chemistry. He obtained his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering right here at Vanderbilt working with Peter Cummings. Will teaches a semester-long course (SC 3260/5260) each semester in high-performance computing and enjoys working with research groups to help them accelerate their research pipelines through the ACCRE environment.

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Staff Spotlight: Mat Binkley

Mar. 19, 2018—Mat has a BS in Physics from Austin Peay State University and four years studying black holes in grad school at Wake Forest. He also has a MBA, but hopes you’ll overlook it and like him anyway. He enjoys science, gardening, hiking, running, and dabbling in politics against his better judgement.

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Staff Spotlight: Kevin Buterbaugh

Mar. 19, 2018—Kevin has been a System Administrator at ACCRE since 2004 – almost the very beginning of ACCRE.  He enjoys taking care of the cluster so that researchers can focus on their science.  He has worked as a UNIX / Linux System Administrator his entire career … long enough to have earned his nickname of “Old...

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Staff Spotlight: Eric Appelt

Mar. 19, 2018—Eric Appelt is a senior system administrator at ACCRE. Prior to joining the ACCRE staff, Eric studied experimental heavy ion physics as part of the CMS collaboration, and was a heavy user of the ACCRE cluster. Eric has industry experience in cloud infrastructure and web service software development, and is an active member of the...

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Staff Spotlight: Patrick Bembry

Mar. 19, 2018—Patrick Bembry is ACCRE’s Business Manager, responsible for the administrative functions of the department. These include Core billing, equipment purchases, HR, budget forecasting, unit pricing and making sure the candy dish stays stocked. Patrick is a long-time Vanderbilt employee who will be celebrating his twenty-fifth year with VU in 2019. When he’s not at work...

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Staff Spotlight: Warren Eckstein

Mar. 19, 2018—Warren has been active in Information Technology since his first experience with the mainframe in Ames Ia. in the mid 1970’s. He served in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician, worked in Geo-seismic exploration across the eastern United States, and attended The University of Alabama where he studied Television and Film Communications, Graphic...

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